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Hybrid recommendation

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Ese Loco, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Nov 2, 2011 at 7:07 AM
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    Ese Loco

    Ese Loco [OP] Taco Man Sam

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    Hey guys,

    So i never thought i would come to this decision, let alone have it cross my mind...but after alot of thought i feel its right for me to trade in the ol' Taco. :(
    My reasons being:
    1. getting 14 mpg as a college student blows and when i want to go places I don't want gas tying me down.
    2. I make people who don't use trucks a trucks and now since going off to school my truck has became your regular mall crawler.
    3. I can always have a truck again when i'm older, have a more stable income and it makes more sense.

    The advice i'm looking for is on hybrid's. I'm in between a toyota prius, Honda insight and a Honda civic hybrid. I'm pretty st on these three but ultimatlely i want the one that would be best for traveling (what i love to do) and nicest on my pocketbook in the long run. Let me know what you guys think!

    And i don't need any crap, it already saddens me enough to do this and i trust your guys opinion enough to ask so help a brotha out :D
     
  2. Nov 2, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Not againest hybrids....

    Get yourself an older / used Civic or Camry (econo car) and run that until it dies. It'll save you money up front buying used and it'll just be easier to maintain and fix.

    When I think of hybrids....I think of the cost to buy a NEW one would defeat the purpose of saving money on gas. Buying a used one would personally scare me - out of warrantee and I wouldn't be familiar on how to maintain it or fix it.
    Not that you couldn't learn........... Just the extra headaches I'd personally want to avoid.
     
  3. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

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  4. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    jedrovsky

    jedrovsky say NO to BRO!

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  5. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

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    I suggest an Elantra or Golf diesel over a hybrid.

    live via :sandwich:
     
  6. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    wmdpowell

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    my wife and daughter have turbo VWs (gas not diesel) good, safe cars, and move like a scared cat if needed.Can be had for a good price used.

    Hybrids scare me too
     
  7. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    JFKLives

    JFKLives Byte Me

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    Well, I can tell you my personal hybrid experience:


    • Bought a 99 Tacoma TRD back in the day
    • Loved it for almost 10 years
    • Put on 125k miles
    • Tranny went out
    • Gas was $5 a gallon
    • Traded in for Camry Hybrid
    • Loved it for 2 months
    • Hated it everyday after (cept for heated seats in the winter) ;)
    • Traded it in just over a year later at a $3k loss to get into my 10 Taco
    • Happy again ...
    Just saying ... gas goes up and down, but a truck is a truck - drive what you like ...
     
  8. Nov 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

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